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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 25, 2019

Two Individuals Charged In 64 Pound Methamphetamine Bust

Law enforcement also recovered heroin, cash, and two loaded firearms

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a criminal complaint charging GONZALO JIMINEZ-PAZ, JR., 22, and REY DAVID LUNA-SANTILLANES, 22, with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. JIMINEZ-PAZ and LUNA-SANTILLANES were arrested earlier today and made their initial appearances before Magistrate Judge Tony Leung in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

According to a criminal complaint, on March 23, 2019, law enforcement officers with the Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET) executed a search warrant at a residence in the downtown area of Minneapolis. During execution of the search warrant, officers recovered approximately 64 pounds of suspected methamphetamine, a large sum of U.S. currency, 3 pounds of suspected heroin, a bag containing unidentified blue pills and two loaded hand guns. The methamphetamine was found inside two suitcases, the heroin was hidden inside of a shoebox, and a large amount of cash was located in a kitchen cupboard.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the St. Paul Police Department, the Ramsey County VCET, the DEA, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (“BCA”), and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Assistant U.S. Attorney LeeAnn K. Bell is prosecuting the case.

 

Defendant Information:

GONZALO JIMINEZ-PAZ, JR., 22

Minneapolis, Minn.

Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, 1 count

 

REY DAVID LUNA-SANTILLANES, 22

Minneapolis, Minn.

Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, 1 count

 

 

 

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The charges contained in the criminal complaint are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated March 25, 2019